Ottoneu Prestige League Early Power Rankings

OPL Introduction

I, like many others in the Ottoneu community, am excited as heck about the latest Ottoneu format- the Ottoneu Prestige League (OPL). A best-ball FanGraphs points format that can serve as a contest to determine the “best” team in all of Ottoneu, regardless of format? Yes please! If you want to learn more about what OPL is, be sure to check out Niv’s announcement post, and you can also watch the announcement as it happened on the Ottobot Podcast Live Show celebrating 10 years of Ottoneu.

OPL Power Rankings Method

The first thing I did when I heard about OPL was start thinking about all the interesting dynamics it creates, and all the content it will generate. As the person who is responsible for preparing the Ottoneu Power Rankings in past seasons, I immediately began thinking about how I could run a power ranking of OPL entries. My first inclination was to create a set of dollar values tailored to the best-ball setup, but I wanted to bounce that idea of some others to see if I could do that in a reasonable and measured way. I solicited the feedback of Jason Mycoff (who has posted some really incredible OPL analysis), Jason Willwerscheid, and @westy22 on the Ottoneu Slack. There were some incredible responses when I asked the group what they thought the best way for me to calculate OPL-specific power rankings would be, and based on their input I chose a simple but reasonable method.

I created a quick standings dashboard tool (similar to ones I’ve posted on my Patreon) to calculate OPL projected points, summing total projected hitting (but only for the top 21 hitters on each team) and pitching points for each OPL entry based on ATC projections. The reason I limited the number of hitters I would include in the total points projection is based on the research of Jason, Jason, and westy, specifically that there are diminishing returns once you reach a certain level of hitting depth, but that that point of diminishing returns for rostering an additional SP or RP are MUCH deeper than nearly any Ottoneu roster will have.

OPL Projected Playoff Teams

At the time I prepared these rankings, only 200 out of the 240 teams entered into OPL have drafted, so I’m only including that group of teams in these rankings. In addition, I’m not going to show the specific rankings 1 through 200 of those teams (at least not right now), but rather I’m going to “bucket” the teams based on how they project to finish.

First, I’m going to present the list of teams I currently have ranked as projected OPL Playoff teams. The OPL playoffs will occur after the final group of teams is eliminated from the contest at the MLB All-Star break, and the OPL Playoffs will begin the 4th round of the contest. The OPL playoffs will include just 32 teams out of the initial 240 entries, but since not all leagues have drafted I am only projecting 26 teams as OPL Playoff teams (32 out of 240 being roughly equal to 26 out of 200). Without further ado, here are the projected OPL Playoff teams, presented in alphabetical order by team name:

League# League Format TEAM
863 Fastballs at Ridgemont High FanGraphs Points 🥜Modesto Nuts🥜
1033 $250 Points League FanGraphs Points Chicago Orphans 👶
160 Anyone but the Dodgers in ’21 FanGraphs Points Codebreakers 🗑
757 Branch Rickey Wannabes (757) FanGraphs Points Ducksnorts & Hooligans
669 Zorin Industries Reconstituted SABR Points Empire
844 Bat FIPs and BABIPs FanGraphs Points Free Wily Mo Peña
303 3OH3 FanGraphs Points Funky Cold Molina
1197 Trash-Can Bangers Old School (5×5) Gaussian Hardball
1136 PSAL H2H FanGraphs Points Gaussian Softball
181 Hot Morning Avilas! Old School (5×5) La Flama Blanca
1033 $250 Points League FanGraphs Points LFGM ⚾️
669 Zorin Industries Reconstituted SABR Points Lou Brown’s Shitburgers
649 Brinksmanship 🎩 (649) FanGraphs Points Mr. Spud 🥔
1049 Ottoneu head to head H2H FanGraphs Points Nine Separate Misfortunes
324 SABRtastic FanGraphs Points Rhys Lightning
699 Bats Flip Forever FanGraphs Points Skydomers
823 Ottoneu Coast to Coast FanGraphs Points Spuds & Such 🥔
94 BIS & Friends FanGraphs Points The Big Unit’s Mourning Dove
303 3OH3 FanGraphs Points The Daring Erstads
94 BIS & Friends FanGraphs Points The Greg Olson Twins
895 The Dirty Dozen H2H FanGraphs Points The Kevin Mitchell Report
670 90% Mental SABR Points The Sam Beckett Cricket Club 🐟
326 $100 5×5 Dynasty League Old School (5×5) Tigres de Aragua 🐅
43 League of Lev FanGraphs Points Wahoo!
1085 Out Of Options FanGraphs Points wRC Digs the Long Ball
1013 Armchair GMs FanGraphs Points You, You, You Ottoneu

OPL Projected Second Cut Teams

Next, I want to present the teams projected to reach the 3rd round of the contest that begins on June 1. As of that date, only 100 OPL teams will remain, so this list of teams are those projected to be in the top 100 but not reach the OPL Playoffs. Again, with only 200 teams drafted so far, I set this cutoff at the top 83 teams currently (100/240 being equivalent to 83/200). Here are the 57 teams projected to reach the 3rd round of OPL, but fail to reach the OPL Playoffs:

League# LEAGUE Format TEAM
471 Classy Gentlemen Old School (5×5) 💀The Ruffnecks💀
380 Just a Bit Outside FanGraphs Points 🦸‍♂️Thor🩸Gore➕Moore
791 The Stagnant Room FanGraphs Points 😻SABRcatz 🏆
645 Surplus or Scrub Ottoneu Classic (4×4) 🛶 Nor’westers
34 Fantastical Ottoneu Classic (4×4) 14th Street Kekambas
836 Ottoneu Dynasty League 💯 (836) FanGraphs Points Animal Spirits
1023 bum bum bum bum bum baseBALL Old School (5×5) Anti-Bauer Drone Army
836 Ottoneu Dynasty League 💯 (836) FanGraphs Points Atomic Dogs 🐶
301 Sabermetric League of Statistical Analysis🔥 SABR Points Atomic Dogs 📊
853 Fly-Ball Revolutionaries FanGraphs Points Balboni Sandwich 🥪🥪
1085 Out Of Options FanGraphs Points Baseball Furies
973 OttoNew Old School (5×5) Bat Flips and Punch-outs
823 Ottoneu Coast to Coast FanGraphs Points Bathroom Ballers
1049 Ottoneu head to head H2H FanGraphs Points Big Beefy Baseball Boys
1078 Diamond Dynasty Old School (5×5) Big Papi memories
16 LightSaber Metrics Ottoneu Classic (4×4) Cal Rikken
98 Spitballs and Fungoes FanGraphs Points Correa Opportunities
1022 Best Damn 5×5 Dynasty Period Old School (5×5) Cosby Sweaters
93 ottobros FanGraphs Points Cosby’s Reawakening
950 League of Nations Ottoneu Classic (4×4) Dangerous Lumber
1016 Moe Drabowsky Society H2H FanGraphs Points Docile Irish
137 Money League Baseball FanGraphs Points Enfield Incandenzas
464 World Wide Ottoneu League 🌎 FanGraphs Points Fungo Follies
1033 $250 Points League FanGraphs Points Gaussian Rounders
153 Wine and Freese Platter FanGraphs Points Graham’s Neubies
766 America’s Pastime FanGraphs Points Hansel and Ketel
26 Flags Fly Forever FanGraphs Points Indianapolis Clowns 🤡
752 Fantasy Field of Dreams FanGraphs Points King McKong
1122 PL Ottoneu Old School (5×5) Kram Fighters (Mark)
727 Otto Intermediate League H2H FanGraphs Points Mariachi A-Rod ⚾️
853 Fly-Ball Revolutionaries FanGraphs Points Monongahela Monster 🐉
948 Masters of WAR FanGraphs Points Monroe Doctrine
880 The 40/40 Club H2H FanGraphs Points National Security
1130 Major League Fantasy Baseball FanGraphs Points Ottobots and Decepti-wOBAcons
326 $100 5×5 Dynasty League Old School (5×5) Paging Dr Andrews
864 Stable Baseball Geniuses H2H FanGraphs Points Pandaman
462 Rob’s Favorite Ottoneu League H2H FanGraphs Points Pop Dat Kikuchi
649 Brinksmanship 🎩 (649) FanGraphs Points PTBNL🐊
901 The Push Bunt Old School (5×5) Residue of Design
717 If You Build It They Will Come FanGraphs Points ROCKY MTN OYSTERS
1037 Here’s Another Hit Barry Bonds H2H FanGraphs Points Ron Washington Nose Candy
471 Classy Gentlemen Old School (5×5) Roto Perpetuo
400 Sure, We Could Be GMs FanGraphs Points Sallust!
153 Wine and Freese Platter FanGraphs Points Solid Gold
481 Best Coast League 🌊 FanGraphs Points SpaHa Spitballers
1016 Moe Drabowsky Society H2H FanGraphs Points Springfield Sultans
727 Otto Intermediate League H2H FanGraphs Points Sunday Morton Cruz
504 Republic of Knowles FanGraphs Points The Gritty Committee 🟠
43 League of Lev FanGraphs Points The Plakata Principle
456 The OnDeck Circle SABR Points The Projectionists
752 Fantasy Field of Dreams FanGraphs Points The Spuds 🐕‍🦺
791 The Stagnant Room FanGraphs Points Vixere.
726 ⚾ When It Was A Game ⚾ (726) FanGraphs Points Wahoo!
834 Dynasty Gurus FanGraphs Points Wahoo!
761 The Sultans of Swat FanGraphs Points Wild Stallions
34 Fantastical Ottoneu Classic (4×4) Zeezils
1077 The 108 Old School (5×5) Zurich Zebras 🦓

OPL Projected First Cut Teams

Lastly, I want to present the teams projected to reach the 2nd round of the contest that begins on May 1. As of that date, only 170 OPL teams will remain, so this list of teams are those projected to be in the top 170 but not reach the OPL Playoffs or 3rd round. Again, with only 200 teams drafted so far, I set this cutoff at the top 141 teams currently (170/240 being equivalent to 141/200). Here are the 58 teams projected to reach the 2nd round of OPL, but fail to reach the OPL Playoffs or 3rd round:

League# LEAGUE Format TEAM
480 Higher wRC+ Than Others FanGraphs Points 🏆 Fairhaven Bulldogs
973 OttoNew Old School (5×5) Ace of Base
430 Full Circuit Auctionhouse FanGraphs Points Alternative Stats
846 Fantasy Nerds FanGraphs Points An EXTREMELY Stable Fantasy Genius
726 ⚾ When It Was A Game ⚾ (726) FanGraphs Points Animal Spirits
1077 The 108 Old School (5×5) Austin Waves
1122 PL Ottoneu Old School (5×5) Bang The Can Slowly (Zach)
207 Cargill Tax FanGraphs Points Be Betts
895 The Dirty Dozen H2H FanGraphs Points Big Papi memories
948 Masters of WAR FanGraphs Points Blue Sox
530 Ottoneu Champions 🏆 (530) FanGraphs Points Burlington Catz Factory
501 Firehouse Roto Old School (5×5) California Penal All-Stars
530 Ottoneu Champions 🏆 (530) FanGraphs Points Cespedes’ Promoted Ankles
761 The Sultans of Swat FanGraphs Points Chancey Pants
504 Republic of Knowles FanGraphs Points Chicago Whales 🐋 🏆🏆🏆
1 original ottoneu Ottoneu Classic (4×4) Dave Stewart’s Balls
606 Three Tool Front Office FanGraphs Points Dukes of September
168 Bleacher Bums FanGraphs Points Framber Comes Alive
504 Republic of Knowles FanGraphs Points Franchy Don’t Let Me Down
1 original ottoneu Ottoneu Classic (4×4) Freeport Pretzels
462 Rob’s Favorite Ottoneu League H2H FanGraphs Points Fuzzy Little Man
1039 Wrestling Clique Dynasty FanGraphs Points Gas House Gang
389 >League Name Goes Here< FanGraphs Points Gatorwade
1043 Opening Day! FanGraphs Points Gaussian Cricket
1197 Trash-Can Bangers Old School (5×5) Gavbu
799 Bases Loaded Old School (5×5) Go Balls Deep!
1085 Out Of Options FanGraphs Points Green Sox
727 Otto Intermediate League H2H FanGraphs Points Hayden Sidd Finch
389 >League Name Goes Here< FanGraphs Points House Felix
100 50K Ottoneu Leagues under the Sea 💯 FanGraphs Points Hun Gon Kim
674 Loggerneu Ottoneu Classic (4×4) Juan Soto and the So-So Starters
285 Big Ten Challenge FanGraphs Points King’s Court
847 Slumpbusters Old School (5×5) Lefthanded Carp
529 Harold Reynolds Superstar FanGraphs Points Lesbos Eunuchs
856 Ottoneu 5×5 dynasty Old School (5×5) Malibu Deadbeats
847 Slumpbusters Old School (5×5) Miami Giraffes 🦒
836 Ottoneu Dynasty League 💯 (836) FanGraphs Points Mile High Club
450 The Sleeper and the Buxton Old School (5×5) MLB The Shohei
1044 Party Deck Old School (5×5) Nevermind the Baseballocks
568 The Show (568) FanGraphs Points Ohtai rules.Ohtani rules.Ohtani…
321 Little Big League Ottoneu Classic (4×4) Seattle Pilots
642 5×5 Champions Old School (5×5) Sho Time
1 original ottoneu Ottoneu Classic (4×4) Six Pelvis Sword
220 STS Readers League FanGraphs Points Sixto Hopefully Less
301 Sabermetric League of Statistical Analysis🔥 SABR Points Slap Dick Mountain Prospectors
13 FanGraphs Staff H2H FanGraphs Points Team Dark Overlord
1197 Trash-Can Bangers Old School (5×5) Team Horvath
510 108 Stitches FanGraphs Points THE ⚾️ GAME!!
13 FanGraphs Staff H2H FanGraphs Points The French Connection
652 Dozen Eggheads of Fantasy FanGraphs Points The Second Order
743 108 Stitches FanGraphs Points Third Degree Burnes 🔥
118 Baseball Prospectus – CBrown – 3/23 Ottoneu Classic (4×4) Urbina’s Farmhands
168 Bleacher Bums FanGraphs Points Vlad Moon Rising
1044 Party Deck Old School (5×5) Walk Off
907 Chasing Taters Old School (5×5) Welcome to Flavortown
1 original ottoneu Ottoneu Classic (4×4) west coast wellness
1174 The League (1174): A New Hope FanGraphs Points Yari’s Autonomics
94 BIS & Friends FanGraphs Points Yellow Hammers

Conclusion

I will update these power rankings once more once all OPL entries have drafted, and will use the most recent ATC projections at that time. My final word on these power rankings is this- these are just for entertainment purposes only, and the method I used to generate the rankings is simple, and can’t possibly account for all of the many nuanced ways Ottoneu managers can maximize their OPL best-ball rosters.

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